Refuse Vehicle Solution Delivers the first electric conversion vehicle for Paper Round

Paper Round, part of BPR Group, has received its fully electric-conversion vehicle from Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS). The company is committed to transforming the future of resource management, and the switch to electric refuse collection vehicle is a significant step in achieving this goal.

‘We are delighted that Paper Round continues to invest in our electric conversion solution,’ said Spencer Law, Managing Director of RVS. ‘The company has been a customer of ours for several years, and we are pleased to be part of their ongoing sustainability commitment.’

Bill Swan, Managing Director at Brighton Paper Round, said: ‘We are pleased to have successfully trialled and received our first fully electric RCV from Refuse Vehicle Solutions. The new truck will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to London’s journey to net-zero by 2050. In the ultimate demonstration of recycling, this truck started life as one of our diesel vehicles, which has been retrofitted to be fully electric.’

Mercedes-Benz Econic with a MOL body

RVS has converted a Mercedes-Benz Econic 2630, 6×2 RS with a MOL VDK body and bin lift into a fully electric truck. Paper Round was using it as part of its commercial waste and recycling collection services in London. The RCV was converted from a diesel Euro V engine to electric at RVS’s headquarters in Berkeley using the innovative EMOSS technology. With zero emissions, this new addition will contribute towards reducing Paper Round’s carbon footprint. 

Savings compared to diesel

Launched in September 2020, the e-One electric conversion is zero-noise, zero-emission and has a top speed of 56mph. It also saves around £91 a day compared to standard diesel vehicles, which achieve on average three miles per gallon.

The vehicle’s range is around 250 km which means that the operator can use it for long runs without charge. It can also be recharged rapidly when needed, thanks to its innovative charging design.  

280 KWh

Powered by lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, the vehicle can produce up to 280 KWh of power with no independent charging system needed and comes with a five-year/3,000 charging cycle battery warranty. RVS estimates an electric conversion will save up to £100,000 compared to purchasing a new vehicle direct from a manufacturer.